More than 100 acres of trees were cleared on both sides of Interstate 75 near Archer Road over the past month to accommodate upcoming major, multi-year projects for Celebration Pointe and Butler Plaza. These projects include a new Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Bass Pro Shops, hotels, townhomes, offices and dozens of stores.
Nearby, a new road was completed for the 75-acre West 38 development in the western extension of Hull Road behind the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. Last Tuesday, the Alachua County Commission approved a preliminary development plan to the 388-acre Springhills development that includes retail, office and residential.
Since August, Celebration Pointe cleared more at least 125 acres in the new development, and building construction will begin in summer 2015. The mixed-used project will include more than 300,000 square feet of retail space and 300,000 square feet of office space.
Front Street is handling the office space leasing for Celebration Pointe. The demand for office space has been very encouraging as companies choose locations in town center settings with proximity to restaurants, retail and hotels, said Nick Banks, Front Street’s managing director. “The market is embracing the project due to its I-75 access, proximity to UF and UF Health as well as its proximity to several residential communities where many business owners and corporate decision-makers live,” Banks said.
The Butler North expansion includes a Gainesville Development Review Board-approved plan for a new 140,000-square-foot Sam’s Club with a gas station to replace the existing Sam’s Club on Northwest 13th Street that will close in 2016. A new Wal-Mart Supercenter will also open in Butler North to replace the 28-year-old Wal-Mart that exists in the eastern part of Butler Plaza.